But Rourke turned down the part earlier this month, and Tarantino immediately turned to Russell because of his starring roles as Snake Plissken in John Carpenter's Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.
"There's a playfulness about him going that way. Snake Plissken is one of the most iconic characters in the last 20 years. I think Stuntman Mike is one of the best characters I've ever written."
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